OK, despite not actually covering much of the season…(For which I apologize, it’s been a stressful few weeks.) Thought I’d try and get out at least a few lines on the few shows that, between drops and delays, managed to make it through the season.
Hit the jump and let’s dive in!
The shows that I am watching are in bold, shows my wife and I are watching together are in bold italics,
strikethrough marks dropped shows and (*) marks shows that are watched but not regularly reviewed.
A reminder on my rankings… they’re on a five point scale to coincide with my rankings on Anime Planet. But one 2.5 can often be different from another 2.5, so where needed I supplement them here with verbal comments to clarify.
Fruits Basket 2nd Season
I have no words. It’s just simply that good.
Mid-season ranking: 4.5 Solidly among the best.
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
(Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shiteshimatta…)
Why did we watch this show? Because Katarina Claes is a loveable idiot. Because she conquers her world not through strength or cleverness, but just by being nice to everyone around her. The weird part is this, the entire midsection of the show is repetitious as hell, but I never noticed. Any other anime, I’d have been pissed and/or bored, but here (somehow) it worked. Maybe it’s because there’s such a dearth of genuinely nice characters in anime…
Final Ranking: 4.0 Solidly on the “edge of greatness”. Why on the edge? Because episodes 11-12 were mostly a waste the viewers time. And because Katerina X Sopia never became a canon couple. OK, I kid about that… mostly.
Nami yo Kiite Kure (Wave, Listen to Me!)
This is one of those shows that when the final credits rolled… I was left stunned and wondering just what the hell I’d just watched. And I totally mean that in a good way. Characters that were both bizarre… and completely believable. Unlikely situations that I just couldn’t help but accept in the context of the show. And it never slowed down and took a chance to catch it’s breath. I loved it.
And I wouldn’t complain at all if a second season was announced.
Maybe Yata summed it up best….
Crunchy has the manga, though it’s missing the first twenty odd chapters… Time to hoist the Jolly Roger!
Final Ranking: 3.5 Why 3.5 rather than 4.0? The latter is normally my “trembling on the edge of greatness” tier, and half of me things Wave would be right at home in that neighborhood. The other half frowns in annoyance at the final episode – which managed to both tie things up in a neat bow and leave us with something of a cliffhanger.
Sing “Yesterday” for Me (Yesterday wo Utatte)
Sing “Yesterday” had one of the strongest starts of the season…. But somewhere around the middle it lost it’s way and started wandering around in circles. The interpersonal relationships and drama were still riveting, it just never went anywhere. And then the final episode basically undid what little it had managed to accomplish. From what I’ve picked up here and there, this “our battle goes” on ending actually sets up further plotlines in the original manga. But it made for a very unsatisfactory anime.
Final Ranking: 3.0 Above average, but it’ll rapidly be forgotten. At best, it’s one of the most well crafted disappointments I’ve seen.
Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls
Along about episode 7 or so, I was busy or something on Wednesday and forgot to watch that week’s episode. Never could quite motivate myself to catch up after that. It wasn’t a bad show per se – just bland and unremarkable.
Drops: Appare-Ranman! (1 ep) • Arte (2 eps) Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Houkago Teibou Nisshi) (2 eps) • Kakushigoto (1/3 ep) • Listeners (3 eps) • Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle! (1 ep) • Tamayomi: The Baseball Girls (7 eps)
Again, I apologize for the absence and the brevity of this post… Four long months of lock down have been very stressful. Things are starting to get a little better in this neck of the woods, so… fingers crossed.
Drop a comment with your thoughts on this season, and look for my season review after the weekend!